Rainmeter is a free, open-source platform that enables skins to run on the desktop. Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.
Rainmeter is the best known and most popular desktop customization program for Windows. Enhance your Windows computer at home or work with skins; handy, compact applets that float freely on your desktop. Rainmeter skins provide you with useful information at a glance. It's easy to keep an eye on your system resources, like memory and battery power, or your online data streams, including email, RSS feeds, and weather forecasts.
Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and control your media player – all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking. Rainmeter is at once an application and a toolkit.
Rainmeter is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU GPL v2 license.
Major additions and changes in Rainmeter 4.5.0:
- Added Auto Update to keep the version of Rainmeter current. See Auto Update documentation for details.
- This will allow you to minimize (really eliminate) all CPU, GPU, Disk and Network usage by Rainmeter while you are for instance playing a full-screen game. See Game mode documentation for details.
Support for WinGet installations
- Added support for installations and upgrades of Rainmeter using winget. See Winget Installation for details.
Silent Installation of Rainmeter
- Added the ability to do a "Silent Install" of Rainmeter from the command line. See Silent Install for details.
Start Rainmeter using Safe Start
- You can now hold down CTRL while starting Rainmeter to load in Safe Start mode if you have a skin loaded that is preventing Rainmeter from starting normally.
Default starting values for configs
- Added the ability to set default / starting values for the skin position and other options defined in the [ConfigName] sections in Rainmeter.ini. See Default Settings in the documentation for details.
Setting flags for WebParser
- Added a Flags option to parent WebParser measures to enable setting some flags that change the behavior of WebParser when connecting to a remote resource. Details at Flags documentation.